1996 Leoville Las Cases   (750ml)

1996 Leoville Las Cases (750ml)

  • 98-100
  • WA
  • 97
  • WA
  • 96
  • IWC

Additional Information

Vintage 1996
Winery Leoville Las Cases
Varietal No
Designation No
Bottle Size 750
Classification Saint-Julien, 2me cru classe.
Bottle Condition No
Style Red
Region No
Subregion Bordeaux

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Price: $500.00

Special Price: $445.00

SKU: #11312

Price: $500.00

Special Price: $445.00

Reviews

    • WA
    • 98-100

    Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    My tasting notes for this wine begin with the following words "wow, wow, wow!" I had been looking forward to retasting this 1996 since I had it in spring, 1997, and I was not disappointed by its evolution. The wine possesses an opaque purple color, and an attention-getting, staggering, sweet nose that offers the essence of black currant fruit, kirsch, and minerals as well as the essence of Leoville-Las-Cases's personality. It is fabulously concentrated, with the sur-maturite (over-ripeness) of Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the wine's most undeniable hallmarks. When measured, the tannin level is extremely high, but you would never know that when tasting this wine because of the massive amount of extract, purity, and virtually perfect equilibrium. Despite its rare combination of unbridled power and complexity, this wine has beaucoup de finesse, as well as a finish that lasts close to 45 seconds. A candidate for a perfect rating, it is a modern day legend in the making. Will it surpass the 1986 and 1982? Time will tell. Only 40% of the total harvest was used in the 1996, with the final blend containing a slightly higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon than usual. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2030.
    • WA
    • 97

    Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    Reviewer, Neal Martin - A very deep garnet core – still very youthful in appearance whilst the nose is stubbornly closed and broody. Blackberry, a touch of cedar, pencil-shavings and smoke. Masculine. The palate is very structured, tannic, masculine, broody, more drier than say the 2000 or 1998. Certainly a long-term proposition given the depth and grip, but not playing ball at the moment. After ten minutes in glass, it begins to show more elegance on subtlety. Drink 2018-2035+.
    • IWC
    • 96

    Stephen Tanzer's IWC

    Deep saturated ruby. Quintessential Medoc perfume: black cherry, cassis, violet, minerals, leather, cedar and roasted nuts. Large-scaled and thick, with a texture that truly three-dimensional. Powerful structure gives the wine an extraordinary solidity. Sweet, supple and impressively deep. Tasted alongside the '95, the '96 came across as more refined and considerably more minerally, with the tannins hitting the palate later. Superb claret.

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